When it comes to the ultimate beach vacation in Costa Rica, Playas del Coco is one of the best places to do so. At first glance, the beach is not that impressive and what people don’t know is that right around the corner are stunning white sand beaches that you can have all to yourself.
The only way to enjoy these beaches is to go on a private boating tour in Playas del Coco since most of these beaches are boat access only. As the Gulf of Papagayo is huge, there are so many hidden beaches that you can spend days exploring them all.
We’ve gone boating in Playas del Coco many times and in our experiences, our favorite memories have always been with our friend Marcy who owns a boating company in Coco.
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Marcy is a Costa Rican who has been living in Coco for over 20 years. He grew up Escazu but his outdoor loving parents took him to Guanacaste every holiday and school break.
20+ years ago, there weren’t the amount of tourists in Coco like there is now and they enjoyed the pure beach life. It was these childhood memories that made him move to the coast and go out in the ocean as much as possible.
Fast forward to today, Marcy now owns his own boat company in Coco. He surfs as much as he can, fishes when he gets a chance and takes people out on his boat so they can discover the tremendous beauty of the Gulf of Papagayo.
Playas del Coco Private Boat Tours
Marcy offers different types of boating tours, all private. They are:
- Beach hopping and snorkeling
Marcy also goes to incredible Bat Islands which is a longer boat tour than Gulf of Papagayo. Read our article about the Bat Islands day excursion here. (This tour is more expensive, longer and only runs May – November with a minimum of 3 people. It is one of the least visited places in Costa Rica and is one of the best place for snorkeling, scuba diving and islands).
Gulf of Papagayo Boating Tours: Beach hopping and snorkeling
First of all, boating in the Gulf of Papagayo is incredible. Every time we go beach hopping with Marcy, we have an amazing time.
You can ask him to take you to the best spots or he will take you to the best beaches. A few of our favorites are Playa Penca, Huevo, Palmares, Junquillal and Jicaro.
You can watch a quick video of one of our favorite beaches that Marcy always takes us to, Playa Huevo.
In addition to beach hopping and snorkeling, you can see lots of wildlife. During certain times of the year, you can see whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays.
He doesn’t run specific whale or dolphin tours but the rich waters of the Gulf offer many wildlife watching opportunities. We usually see dolphins and manta rays when we go boating in the Guf of Papagayo!
Furthermore, during July – December, you can see whales and turtles because it is their breeding and migration season. (You can read more about Costa Rica wildlife and whales in Costa Rica). We have seen humpback whales in July and August before. September is also a good month to see babies.
Watch our short snorkeling video to see what it’s like!
Marcy also has some extra toys he can bring for an additional charge.
He has a wakeboard and tube which are both really fun. The wakeboard is a bit harder if you’ve never done it before. Due to that reason, I recommend the tube if you want to have some extra fun. But both are perfect to add a bit more excitement to the trip.
He can also bring an SUP board (dog not included).
Marcy is a surf addict and goes out to 2 of the best spots in the area: Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock. Both spots are suitable for intermediate to expert and he checks the tide every day to see what time is the best according to the level of his clients. Marcy has been surfing for most of his life and is one of the best locals to go with as he knows these two spots inside and out.
Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock are generally better for intermediate surfers however so if you have never gone surfing before, he can take you to Tamarindo to give lessons instead.
Lastly, Marcy does fishing tours, mostly in shore fishing along with jigging. The last couple times we went in shore fishing we caught a couple tuna and mahi mahi.
Have an amazing time with Marcy
If you want to experience Playas del Coco with a local, check out Marcy’s Gulf of Papagayo boating tours. His boat is comfortable for up to 6 adults and his experience and knowledge of these waters is priceless. Most importantly, he is fully insured and is a licensed boat captain.
Above all, we love supporting local companies and businesses. When we were introduced to Marcy, we certainly knew that he was one Tico we had to share with our readers. Experience the real pura vida when you go out on the waters with an ocean loving Costa Rican. Trust me it’ll be a memorable day!
Watch our video below to meet Marcy!
Boating in Playas del Coco Tour Information
- A half day is from 8 AM – 12 PM. A full day is 8 AM – 4 PM. He can also do half day sunset tours from 2-6 PM. Surfing tours normally start at 6:30 AM.
- All tours include water, pineapple and local beer.
- These are private tours, no open or shared tours.
- His boat can hold up to 6 adults with a combined weight of 1130 lbs.
- The boat is 23 feet long and doesn’t have a bathroom.
- For fishing tours, he can only hold up to 4 adults.
- Children under 8 have no fee, over 8 are adult prices.
- His boat has snorkel equipment and life jackets of all sizes.
- Pick up is complimentary from Coco, Ocotal, Hermosa and Panama. Please check the form below for pick up charges in other locations.
- If you are in Tamarindo/Conchal, you will need to drive to Coco or we can arrange round trip transportation for you.
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